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Pele, "The Nudes"

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How is it that a band can make a record that doesn't do anything particularly new, but still sounds incredibly fresh? It's all in the songwriting. Melody, interplay, musicianship: these should be watchwords for any band. Too often it sounds derivative, or bands resort to gimmicks to distinguish themselves. Milwaukee-based trio Pele craft a sound that explores familiar indie rock territory in that they are primarily a guitar, bass, and drums rock band. Through fresh tones, melodies and spirited rhythms, Pele separate themselves from the pack by not dragging everything to a slow crawl or halt. "The Nudes" is infectious in its simplicity, but there are tricks up this trio's sleeve. In moments that must be formed on improvisation, like on "Visit Pumpy," Pele, well, rocks out to great effect. Elsewhere, skill with their instruments shows through and Pele take on a very rigid rhythmic structure ("Total Hut") that depends on their playing extremely well as a unit. This being their fourth release, and second in this formation, it's obvious that these musicians have played together a while, and that they can almost sense each other's next move. I'm amazed, and somewhat disappointed, that I've never heard of this band before this. They're that good. Dammit. Now I'm going to have to buy their whole catalog, too. I hate this.



Last Updated on Monday, 12 September 2005 19:44  


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